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Amaranthe, Breaking Point - B-Sides 2011-2015 (Spinefarm Records)




Amaranthe, Breaking Point - B-Sides 2011-2015 (Spinefarm Records)
CD Reviews: October 29, 2015

10/29/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Coming to Manchester’s Jewel Nightclub on Nov. 6, this Swedish melodic-death-metal crew is co-fronted by Elize Ryd, whose Olivia Newton-John side reveals itself in this collection of bonus tracks and other obscurities, being as how most of this stuff is performed with acoustic guitars. The opening track is an unplugged version of “Hunger,” the original 2011 version of which sounded like Ke$ha fronting Korn pretty much (here the song comes off as a ren-faire-Celtic pop trinket, its clever hooky songwriting leaving no logical room for the original’s swamp-monster growls from Henrik Englund). An acoustic rub of “Afterlife” finds Ryd screeching a little too enthusiastically while Jake Lundberg nicks One Direction, but these guys can chill-rock with anyone, as the Abba-like take on their eponymous track demonstrates. Butcher Babies are in tow for this tour. A- 






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